What is “Minari” about?
Threatening is a family drama film from director Lee Issac Chung that stars the former The walking dead star Steven Yeun.
Here is the official description of the film:
A tender, sweeping story about our roots, Minari follows a Korean-American family who move to a small farm in Arkansas in search of their own American dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their devious, rude but incredibly loving grandmother. Amid the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what truly makes a home.
Aside from Yeun, the film stars Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Scott Haze,
with Yuh-Jung Youn and Will Patton.
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At Sundance, the film won both the US Drama Grand Jury Prize and the US Drama Audience Award. It is part of an elite group of seven films that have won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Prize. Other films that have done the same are those of Ryan Coogler Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels ‘ Precious, and Damien Chazelle Whiplash.
What the director and lead actor said about the film.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Chung opened up about his inspiration for the film. The director used events from his childhood as the basis for the film.
“I wanted to shape the narrative to have different pockets of how this family might not succeed, might not survive,” he said. “Those were the tensions I was playing with. Each member of the family has in a way his turn, his chance for growth and maturation. It was not the traditional story of a hero, but more so: how to make the whole family the hero? “
Yeun explained that it was a different immigrant story than what was seen on screen. This fact attracted him to the project.
“Sometimes identity becomes[s] a focal point on how to approach each other or a difference in the way we see Americans, ”the actor said. “I have read many scenarios about immigrant families. Most of the time, they are explanatory or addressed to an audience that is not even themselves. When he does this, he loses his authenticity and romance in some ways, idealizing in other ways. When I read the script, I thought to myself: This is shamelessly a truthful statement from these human beings.
Threatening will be published soon by A24. A precise date is not yet known.